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Darlington ban fan
Darlington have banned a supporter from attending matches following an incident after last Saturday’s game at Lancaster City.
Soon after the final whistle last weekend, players and a small number of fans became involved in a heated exchange as both teams returned to the changing rooms following a 0-0 draw.
Quakers midfielder Curtis Edwards was targeted by a Darlington fan, who has admitted to verbally abusing the 19-year-old.
The incident angered Darlington manager Martin Gray, who was then seen remonstrating with a Quakers supporters on the pitch.
It was rumoured that Edwards had been spat on, however, following an investigation, Darlington have now denied that such an incident took place, but the supporter has been banned from attending matches at Heritage Park for two months.
A statement released by Darlington today said: “Due to an alleged incident of verbal abuse towards a Darlington player at the end of last Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Lancaster City, the club launched an immediate and thorough investigation. The investigation included taking statements from the player concerned, other players and witnesses in the vicinity of the incident.
“The club can confirm that a Darlington player was verbally abused, in front of others, by a Darlington fan as the players left the playing field at the end of the game. The fan has given a statement to the club admitting verbally abusing the player and apologising for his actions. The club can also confirm that the player was not spat at during the incident.
“The club strongly condemns such, or any similar, actions and will always seek the strongest possible punishment for any offender. In this instance the offender has received a ban from attending Darlington games and has been informed of this punishment by the club. This is now an end to the matter.
"The club has striven to build a friendly family atmosphere at matches and amongst its supporters through a variety of initiatives, and regrets that its reputation may have been tarnished due to this incident. The club would like to place on record its thanks to those supporters who provided us with information which allowed us to arrive at a decisive and appropriate conclusion.”
Meanwhile, Darlington have been draw away to Gateshead in the next round of the Durham Challenge Cup. The tie is to be played by January 11.
The tie is Quakers’ reward for overcoming Sunderland RCA 3-1 last night after extra time.
Darlington’s next league game is on Saturday at Cammell Laird in Merseyside.
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